The National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2023) has announced its plans to offer biannual board exams (CBSE and state boards) for pupils starting in 2024, marking a significant step towards modernising the educational system. This bold move aims to change how students perceive assessments and might potentially change the face of education.

Most educational systems have long used the standard method of annual board exams. The majority of students dedicate a whole academic year to studying for these important tests. Although these tests are essential, they have a number of shortcomings:

High Stress: Because students must complete a whole year’s worth of coursework in a single sitting, annual exams can place a great deal of stress on them.

Limited feedback is provided to students, giving them little time to make the necessary adjustments. Students receive feedback on their performance months after completing the tests.

Students must wait a full year to retake the yearly tests if they perform poorly or encounter unanticipated difficulties. This could hinder their academic advancement

According to the NCF 2023, school boards should administer board exams twice annually rather than once. Students will be able to retake the test and keep their highest score thanks to this. According to the NCF, this will lessen the pressure on students and offer them a chance to do better. As a result, students would have more time to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and raise their test scores.

The suggestion to hold two board exams annually is a step towards improving the fairness and equity of the evaluation process. Additionally, it would lessen the pressure and worry, allowing students to concentrate on learning rather than merely passing the test.

Mohan Prasad
B Tech IIT Delhi, MBA IIM Lucknow, Founder PracBee
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